Wednesday 15 September 2021 – 12:30
This is a live online event. Please do not travel to the Institute.


Decarbonising homes will be among the most difficult elements of reaching net zero. Homes account for 15% of the UK’s total emissions, yet there has been little progress towards reducing these over the past decade. Confidence has been damaged by repeated U-turns and policy failures, including the Green Deal and the Green Homes Grant.

Achieving net zero by 2050 will require a huge national programme to deliver the infrastructure needed to reduce residential emissions – retrofitting homes, installing heat pumps and developing local heat networks. The government, businesses and consumers all have key roles to play. But how should the government approach policy-making in this area? Will the long overdue Heat and Buildings Strategy be worth the wait and offer a clear plan? How can previous policy failures be learnt from? And how can we ensure the UK’s infrastructure is ready to support zero-emission homes?

On our panel to discuss these issues will be:

  • Lord Callanan, Minister for Business, Energy & Corporate Responsibility at BEIS
  • Chris Burchell, Managing Director, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution
  • Gillian Cooper, Head of Energy Policy at Citizens Advice
  • Guy Newey, Director of Strategy and Performance at the Energy Systems Catapult

This event will be chaired by Marcus Shepheard, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government


We would like to thank Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution for supporting this event.

Please note:


This event will take place using Microsoft Teams and you can watch it using the app.

If you do not have the Teams app, you can watch the event on your browser on a laptop – you will need to select ‘watch on the web instead’. Please note: Safari is not supported. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Edge.

To watch using a tablet or mobile phone you will need to download the Teams app.

Wednesday 15 September 2021 – 13:30
Start date/time: 
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 12:30

Original source – The Institute for Government

Comments closed